Dutch Shepherd: Dog Breed Profile

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd has little touches of the German Shepherd in i. Its physical and psychological characteristics are similar. Dog of medium size, enduring, with a powerful and well-proportioned constitution, the Dutch Shepherd displays an expression full of intelligence and liveliness.

Watchdog par excellence, the Dutch Shepherd is gentle, caring, loyal to Its master, and Its entire family. There are three varieties in this breed, depending on the type of coat: short, long, and hard.

Other names: Hollandse Herdershond, Dutch Shepherd

History of the breed

Close cousin of the Belgian Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd was the delight of Dutch shepherds. The Dutch Shepherd dog quickly established Itself as a versatile working-dog:It was able to lead herds, protect them, watch backyard animals, pull carts, and stand guard. It’s said to be the result of a cross between the  German Shepherd and  Dutch Shepherd dogs.

From the beginning of the 20th century, It gradually converted into a companion and guard dog thanks to its many qualities. The Dutch Shepherd Dog is also employed by some police or army brigades.

It remains relatively little known outside the Netherlands, in comparison with the Belgian Shepherd and the German Shepherd, for example. The first breed standard dates from June 12, 1898. The one currently in force was established on July 28, 2009.

Physical features

  • Its coat: In the short-haired variety, the coat is very hard, tight, with a woolly undercoat. In the long-haired one, it is straight, lying, and rough to the touch, with a woolly undercoat. In the wire-haired variety, the coat is very thick and tousled, with a woolly undercoat except on the head.
    Its color: brindle, on a golden background color (light sand to chestnut red) or silver. The brindle also extends to the ruff, panties, and tail.
    Its head: proportioned to the body, long, dry, and without wrinkles. The skull is flat and the stop is light but present.
    Its ears: medium in size, carried high and erect when the dog is in action or alert.
    Its eyes: medium in size, almond-shaped, slightly oblique, and dark in color.
    Its body: solid and of harmonious construction. The back is straight and robust, the croup is slightly swallowed, but not short, the chest is deep and the ribs slightly arched.
    Its tail: hangs straight or bends slightly at rest, reaching the point of the hock. Raised in action.

Behavior With Others

The Dutch Shepherd is an intelligent, hardworking, extremely loyal, totally reliable, vigilant, and very attentive dog. In short, It’s the shepherd dog par excellence, which also gets along wonderfully with Its fellow-creatures who are also intended to guard and guide the flocks. The Dutch Shepherd is also a very good companion and guard dog who has a strong sense of territory.

It is obviously protective and particularly enduring. Like the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd is the perfect playmate for children, whom it will take care to watch out for in all situations. It will thus be considerate and attentive to their slightest act and gesture. It’s autonomous and not independent and knows how to take initiatives.


Active and intelligent, the Dutch Shepherd must be educated in a fair way, without excess. It should not be spoiled or punished. It also needs to be socialized like any breed, even if It’s naturally close to other dogs and animals in general.

Living Conditions

If Its called upon to live in an apartment, the Dutch Shepherd must be walked for a long time, because It’s more suited to living in outdoor spaces . Due to Its past as a sheepdog, It needs great freedom of movement. A house with a garden would therefore suit it perfectly. The ideal living environment for this dog is the countryside.

It will not leave Its master for the world and could even find Itself glue-pot at times. So there is no need to leave It outside all day. It will like the comfort of the interior, as long as It master is nearby.

Health & Maintenance

The Dutch Shepherd is a rather robust dog. It does not present any particular health problem, except, of course, a risk of hip dysplasia for various breeds of medium and large sizes. Its diet should be watched, because this dog should not be bulky.

The life expectancy of a Dutch Shepherd is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

The short-haired or wire-haired Dutch Shepherd does not require much maintenance. The long-haired variety, on the other hand, needs to be groomed more often, especially during moulting.
It is recommended that the dog be brushed at a regular rate, especially in the long-haired variety which must be brushed daily. Grooming is not necessary if properly maintained.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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